Masterclass for teen future-lawyers

260 high schoolers attend Living the Law conference at USQ Toowoomba
9 Feb 2018
As His Honour Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC looked out over his audience of young Toowoomba high schoolers, he saw the future of the legal profession.

The District Court of Queensland Judge was a guest speaker at the Living the Law conference, bringing together 260 Legal Studies students from across Southern Queensland at USQ Toowoomba today (February 9).

The students received a masterclass on different areas of law, its impact on society, and potential careers in the legal profession.

In addition to Judge Horneman-Wren, speakers included Rule of Law Institute’s Jackie Charles who discussed human rights and Queensland Police Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker who walked them through a criminal case study.

For Downlands College Year 12 student Jaime Colley, the conference was a chance to gain insight into the many different aspects of the legal profession.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for people to see the wide scope of options that are on offer – I’m using it to increase my knowledge and decide on my own future career,” she said.

Miss Colley said she particularly enjoyed Judge Horneman-Wren’s presentation and how he used examples of direct relevance to young Australians.

“It was interesting to hear about the impacts of time on the law, particularly when it comes to technology,” she said.

The Living the Law conference is a joint initiative between Downlands College and St Joseph’s College, and is supported by USQ and O’Neill Family Law.

Other participating schools included Centenary Heights SHS, Christian Outreach College, Fairholme College, Goondiwindi SHS, Harristown SHS, Lockyer District HS, Mount Lofty SHS, School of Total Education, Scots PGC, Stanthorpe SHS, St Ursula’s College and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School.

Head of USQ’s School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen said it was an honour to host the gathering of legal expertise and young enquiring minds.

“Law plays an integral role in Australia society – it is one of the most important institutions we have for organising the way we live with each other,” Professor Mortensen said.

“Events such as this increase students’ interest in the legal profession and provides an understanding of why law is fundamental to our way of life.”

To learn more about USQ’s Law program, visit
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Downlands College Toowoomba’s Jaime Colley